Nancy O’Dell addressed Donald Trump’s vulgar 2005 recording about women, in which her name was mentioned, on “Entertainment Tonight” Monday evening.
“I feel it’s very important that I address you all directly,” O’Dell said on the show. “As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the audio tape which became national news and part of the presidential race. My name was mentioned, and unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn’t ask to be a part.
“I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said,” she went on to say. “There is no room for objectification of women, or anybody for that matter, not even in the ‘locker room.'”
“No female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better,” O’Dell told “Entertainment Tonight” on Saturday.
In the recording, Trump said comments like, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” and “Grab them by the p***y.”
The video obtained by the Washington Post was released Friday. Trump later issued an apology about the video.